Content Mills

ContentGather Review: Legit or Scam

ContentGather is a website that you can join to sell your content in the marketplace or search on the site for content to write for a client. The site is a combination of a content mill and a content sales site. You can write up different content and add the content in the marketplace for sale. If a person buys the content that you are offering, you’ll be relinquishing the right to the content upon the sale. When you join the site, you can write blog posts, product reviews, press releases and more to add to the marketplace for sale. Furthermore, there are many freelance writers who go to the site so they can sell the content that was rejected by another client. This is a good site to recycle your content on and try to recover some money for the time you spent writing this content. Furthermore, you can apply for and write custom jobs for clients.

How Does it Work?

  1. The site requires that you are 18 years of age or older before you can join.
  2. Part of the requirements is that you are an English speaker. You don’t need to live in an English speaking country, however, you do need the writing skill of an English speaking person.
  3. They are looking for people who have a very strong grasp of the English language to join the site.
  4. Before you join the site, you’ll need a PayPal account. The site only pays you through PayPal so it is best to have an account before you join. If you don’t already have a PayPal account, it is easy to create a free account with PayPal.
  5. If you’re a freelance writer, you can go to the website and create your account.
  6. Once the account has been created, you’ll need to create your profile. The site has an extensive profile that they require you to fill in. The profile will allow prospects to see who you are and give them an idea about your writing skill and background as a freelance writer.
  7. In order to get started on the site, you must start to add articles to the marketplace for sale. This gives the site a baseline so they can measure your talents as a writer.
  8. If you don’t add any articles to the marketplace to sell, you won’t have the opportunity to search for custom jobs on the site.

How To Submit Your Articles To Sell:

  1. The articles you submit to the site must be 250 to 1500 words only.
  2. You’ll upload the articles to the site
  3. The staff will review your article and either approve the article or reject the article. If the article is rejected, it will be returned to you. At this time you won’t be able to make any revision to the article and resubmit the article to the site.
  4. You can always resubmit a different article to the site for approval.
  5. However, a few articles that are returned will require you to edit these articles and make changes. Only those articles that are returned for editing can be resubmitted to the site.
  6. Once the article is accepted and placed in the marketplace for sale, it can’t be submitted to another website that sells articles. The article must exclusively be sold on the site and not on another website.
  7. If you have placed one of your articles on another website for sale, you can’t submit this article to the site for consideration.
  8. The site wants to be the only one who is selling this article.

How To Earn Money:

  1. You can submit articles that you’ve written to the site for approval. The articles must be original content and cannot be found anywhere else online, the site won’t accept any articles that contain plagiarism. If you try to submit such articles to the site for approval, the articles will be removed and your account will be banned.
  2. Once your article is approved it is placed in the marketplace under the appropriate subject. Anyone can now go to the site and search in the marketplace. If a person is interested in your article they can purchase the article from you.
  3. You can also apply for custom jobs on the site. A person will post a custom job for the content they are looking for. You’ll need to read the details of the job and see if this applies to you.
  4. If you qualify for the job, you’ll need to claim the job from the custom job board and fulfill the job.
  5. The job is uploaded to the site once it has been completed.
  6. The client will review the work you’ve done and either pay you for the job or ask you to make revisions to the job.
  7. Once the client accepts the job and the job has been paid, your account will receive the credit.

Advanced Payment Process:

  1. If you are a Silver member on the site it is possible to receive an advanced payment for your articles.
  2. Silver members just need to submit their articles to the site for approval.
  3. When the article has been approved and placed in the marketplace for sale, you’ll be paid upfront for your work.
  4. The Silver member doesn’t need to wait until the article has been sold before they are paid.
  5. You are given a percent of the total price your article will sell for in the marketplace. Below is a chart of how much the site will give you when the article is placed in the marketplace for sale. Once the article has been sold, you’ll receive the rest of your payment.
    1. Silver Member receives a 5% advancement on their payment and can have a maximum of 20 articles.
    2. Gold Members will receive a 7% advanced payment on the article they’ve listed in the marketplace. The Gold member can have up to 25 articles.
    3. Platinum Member receives a 10% advanced payment for the article they list in the marketplace. The Platinum member can have a maximum of 30 articles.
  6. If you submit more than the maximum number of advanced payment articles to the marketplace for sale, you won’t receive an advanced payment for these articles. You’ll need to wait until the article has been sold before you receive any money.

Rating and Writer Level:

  1. The site gives you a rating based on your content rating and your approval rating. Furthermore, the site will use your transaction completed and the age of your account to determine your overall rating on the site.
  2. Content Rating: This is based on all the articles you’ve placed in the marketplace and the custom articles that have been completed. This is a total overall average based on the staff rating of your work and the rating that you received from the client when the custom article is completed.
  3. Approval Rate: This is determined by the number of approved articles, versus the number of rejected articles that you submitted to the company for the marketplace. Furthermore, is your work on the custom jobs this rating is also taken into consideration. If a customer rejects your work this brings down your approval rate.
  4. Transaction Rating: This is based on the number of completed transaction you have in your account. The number of articles sold in the marketplace and the number of accepted and paid custom job articles you’ve done.

How Are You Paid?

  1. The amount of money you earn on the site will depend on your level as a content writer. Furthermore, this will also depend on the job you’re working on.
  2. The site will pay $0.02 to $0.12 per word.
  3. When one of your articles is sold in the marketplace, you’ll receive your asking price, minus a 20% commission the site takes.
  4. This is the same for all custom jobs you work on. The site will recover a 20% commission from you before you are paid.
  5. You will need a $5 balance in your account before you can request a payment from the site.
  6. The site takes 24-hours to process your payment.
  7. The money is sent to your PayPal account.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate site, you can join as a freelance writer. You have two options for earning money from the site. You can sell your pre-written articles in the marketplace or you can work on custom jobs and earn money from the client. The site is looking for native Englis speaking writers who live in the United States, Canada or in the UK. You must be 18-years of age or older to join the site. This is a great opportunity for a new freelance writer to earn money writing content for different clients or selling their work in the marketplace. Just keep in mind that you won’t earn any money from the site unless one of your articles is sold or you take a custom job.

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Content Mills

Skyword Review: Legit or Scam

Skyword is a content writing site for freelance writers. The site is opened worldwide and you must first check to see if your country is listed before joining the site. If you’re a freelance writer, a journalist, an influencer, a videographer, graphic designer, professional writer, a photographer, or even an animator it is a good site to join. Here a freelance writer has the opportunity to create blog posts, articles, different types of social media posts, corporate videos, take photos and much more. The company works with different enterprises to match writers with the companies who are looking for different types of content.

Requirements To Join:

  1. The site is looking for different types of freelance writers, photographers, or video producers. They even need graphic designers and influencers to work with their clients.
  2. You must have a PayPal ID and give this to the company if you want to write for them.
  3. The company also requires you have a Twitter account and link your Twitter account on the site.
  4. The final requirement will require you to upload a PDF file of your writing skills or an article you’ve written. They are looking for 3 examples of your work. Otherwise, you can link to different articles you’ve posted online that show them examples of what you’ve published online.
  5. The is looking for people to join worldwide. When you join the site they will have a listing of acceptable countries that can join. Check the listing and see if your country is listed.

How Does it Work?

  1. When joining the site you must select the category that you want to join under. They have different categories to register under.
    1. Writer
    2. Videographer
    3. Photographer
    4. Designer
  2. Fill in your email address and password.
  3. When submitting your application they require you to click the box and check I’m not a Robot.
  4. Go to your dashboard and start to fill out your profile information.
  5. The site requires you to upload a photo of yourself so the companies can see who they are working with.
  6. Fill in the information concerning your address, city, and states.
  7. You’ll need to fill in your bio on the site. This can be accomplished in a word document so that you can check your formatting, spelling, grammar, and word count.
  8. Fill out your social network profile and link to all your social media accounts. You can also link your professional websites and blogs in your profile.
  9. There isn’t a place to add your professional writing examples in the profile page. So you’ll need to submit the information and go back to either upload the PDF files or add the links to your writing examples.
  10. Once you’ve completed your profile it is time to go to your contributor profile and complete everything on this page.
  11. Add your online experiences, other experiences, your education, and anything else that will help a company select you to write for them.
  12. When this is completed, the company will send you a confirmation email that you must click on the link to finish your registration process.
  13. The company will review your application and see if your skill sets match any of their upcoming projects.
  14. Keeping your profile current and up to date at all times will make it easier for you to be selected for one of the upcoming projects.
  15. There are many different channels on the site and the channel owner will select the people he wants to write for them.
  16. When you write for this site it is possible to create content for multi8ples channels at the same time.

How Much Are You Paid?

  1. Each channel owner pays a different price for the content they need.
  2. Your pay is determined by the channel owner. Therefore, each time you write content for a channel owner, your pay will vary depending on what is required from you.

How Are You Paid?

  1. The company pays twice a month. You will receive your pay on the 15th and the 30th of each month.
  2. You can always check your profile to see if you have any pending payments from the site.
  3. You are paid through your PayPal account. You’ll need to have a PayPal account when registering with the company in order to receive your money.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate company to work for and they always pay on time if you have a balance in your account. You’ll be paid twice a month from the company to your PayPal account. There are plenty of opportunities to write for this company and they have hundreds of channels you can write for. You’ll be invited to join the channel by the company or the channel owners. Each project you complete on the site will be paid to you by the channel owners. They will determine your rate of pay and how long you have to complete their project. The site has plenty of work and it is easy to keep busy as a freelance writer provided that you work for multiple channels at the same time.

Blogs

The Dollar Stretcher Review – Legit or Scam

The Dollar Stretcher is a blog site that is dedicated to helping people live better lives for less. The site provides information on how people can save money and time. Furthermore, the site published its first newsletter in January of 1998. Afterward, the site started a weekly newsletter that they send out to 200,000 people online. The website is visited by more than 1 million people each month. In addition to the newsletter, the site posts daily articles and updates.

Writer’s Qualifications:

  1. The site is looking for experts on the subject about finance, saving time and money.
  2. If you’re not an expert in your field, it’ll be necessary to find an expert. You’ll need to find a person who can offer a few quotes or some insight into the article you’re writing.
  3. The site doesn’t want quotes taken off the internet; they’re looking for original quotes from experts, on the subject.
  4. When you quote an expert. it is possible to mention their website or book they’ve written.
  5. Also, provide statistics for your article if necessary. People love statistics and it’s important that you use them in your article.
  6. The length of your article should be 800 words or less. The majority of articles written on the site are 500 to 700 words long.

What Does the Site Want?

  1. The site is interested in a specific way to help people save money.
  2. They don’t want articles about 100 ways to save on your grocery shopping. However, if you can write an article about 8 to 10 ways to save money or reduce the cost of buying veggies or even hamburger, this will interest the site.
  3. People love how-to articles. If you can write any time or money-saving articles about how to save, this will be considered for publication.
  4. Ideas on how to save time and space.
  5. Creative ideas and ways to save on housing, clothes, and food.
  6. Any type of articles about the stages of life. It can be about babies, teens, college students, single parents, divorced parents, or even retirees.
  7. If you live with a partner, child or significant other who is non-frugal, we want to hear how you deal with this.

How Can You Write For the Site?

  1. Before you can write for the site, you must send a pitch to the site about the article you want to write.
  2. The site has over 10,000 articles already posted on the site; therefore, they don’t want to post an article that is the same as one they already have.
  3. They will consider revisiting one of their ideas if your pitch is different and can show some new ways or techniques that aren’t already posted.

How Does the Site Pay?

  1. If the company accepts your article and uses it in the monthly print version, you’re paid $0.10 per published word.
  2. Payment is sent out to you by a US check or by PayPal.
  3. The site is only paying for articles they use in the monthly print version. If your article appears on the site, the company is able to pay a few of the authors who don’t want to link backs to their book or site.

How to Submit Your Article:

  1. After the site approves your pitch, you’ll need to write your article.
  2. Once the article is completed, you’ll email the article to the site.
  3. When you email the article, it’s necessary to indicate if this is for the online submission or the print submission. This is important to put this on your email.
  4. If you fail to mark your article, they’ll send it back to you to mark before they review it.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate site to write for. However, they only publish their newsletter once a month and space are limited. Therefore, you must have a fantastic article and be an expert in your field to be published in this newsletter. However, if your article is of interest, the site does pay a few authors for writing on the site. Otherwise, you can submit the article and they will add your bio and link it back to your book or website.

 

Blogs

Goodblogs.com Review – Legit or Scam

Goodblogs is a website that hosts different blog sites that freelancers can write for. They have a unique platform that companies can use to increase their presences online and receive content for their blogs or website. Any freelancer worldwide can write for this company. The most popular Goodblogs site is The Flaming Vegan. If you’re a freelancer visit the site, select a category, write your article, find a dynamic image, and submit the article and photo to the company for review.

How to Write for Goodblogs:

  1. Anyone with a valid Facebook or Google account can join Goodblogs.
  2. You can choose to write a blog post for anyone of their platforms.
  3. Otherwise, just read the blog post and vote on the articles that you like.

How Does GoodBlogs Work?

  1. As a writer for the site, you’ll need to visit one of the hosted blog sites and select a category to write a blog post for.
  2. Blog posts are between 300 to 400 words long.
  3. Write your blog post; check your spelling and grammar before submitting it to the company.
  4. Find a quality image to accompany your blog post.
  5. The image must be 615 x 350 pixels for the site to accept your image.
  6. Submit your blog post and image for review.
  7. If the site accepts your blog post and image it will be published on the site.
  8. You’ll receive a notification that your blog post has gone live or that you’ll need to edit the blog post or find a new image.

What Sites Can You Write For?

  1. The Flaming Vegan – this is a vegan website that has different categories to write for. You can select to write a recipe, about vegan lifestyles, clothing, travel, family, organic garden, beauty, animal rights, and vegan books. The site pays $15 for every post that is voted up and appears on the top post section of the site.
  2. Of Horses is a blog site about horses and horse owners. If you’re interested in writing for this site, you can write about riding, competition & shows, apparel & fashion, horse care & health, training, travel & vacation, and anything random about horse stuff. You’ll be paid $15 if your post is voted up and moved to the top post section of the site.
  3. Travel Iowa is all about Iowa and the traveler. Here you can choose to write about arts & culture, events, family fun, food & drinks, places to go and the great outdoors. Each post that is voted up and moved to the top post section of the page is paid $20.
  4. Imagine Northeast Iowa is all about the people and events that take place in Allamakee, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek. You can write about the great outdoors, cultural activities, food & drink, events, people, places, waking on water series, summer trail series, fall faves, and winter wonderland series. Each time your article is voted to the top post section, the company pays you $15.
  5. Rolling Without Limits is a blog site that caters to the disabled. There you can write about accessible home design, health, lifestyle, employment, disability rights, products & equipment, quality of life, and travel. Each time on of your blog posts is moved to the top post section, the company pays you $20.

How Do You Earn with Goodblogs?

  1. In order to be paid for the article you write, you must earn points on the site.
  2. You’ll need to promote your blog posts on Facebook, Twitter, to your friends, family, and any other social media site you choose.
  3. The most votes on the blog posts are moved to the top post section and are paid by the company.
  4. However, if you don’t earn enough votes, you’ll not be paid for your article on the site.
  5. Normally, the company moves one post each day to the top post section of the site and sends the person a payment to their PayPal account.

How Does the Company Pay?

  1. The company pays either $15 or $20 to a blogger that has accumulated enough votes on his article. The articles with the most votes are selected by the editors of the site and moved to the top post section of the site.
  2. The company sends the blogger’s payment to their PayPal account.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate company and pays bloggers to write for their different sites. However, you have to earn votes on your articles in order to be paid by this company. The company pays one blogger each day and moves his blog post to the top post section of the site. All other bloggers are not paid. However, if you didn’t make the top post section today, there are no new blog posts added tomorrow, you’ll have a chance to be paid tomorrow if your post is moved to the top post section.

My Thoughts About this Site:

  1. I’ve written for Goodblogs for a number of years and was always paid by the company when my post was promoted to the paid section.
  2. What I don’t like about this company, is the fact that too many of the writers cheat to earn votes.
  3. This is a democratic voting system and you need to work hard to promote your work.
  4. If you can’t earn enough votes on your blog post, you’re not paid for your work.
  5. The company receives 15 to 20 new articles each day. It takes them over 72 hours to decide if they will post your article on the site or not.
  6. The site continues to reject articles because of the image you’ve selected.
  7. The site doesn’t have any rules to follow when selecting your image.
  8. You could resubmit one article 5 or 6 times because the editor didn’t like your image.
  9. In the beginning, it was easy to write for the site and earn from the articles you’ve written. However, today too many young bloggers have joined the site and found ways to get around their voting system. It’s impossible to compete with the new wave of bloggers. Normally, these bloggers find ways to earn 40 to 60 votes for each article they’ve written.
  10. The site tries its best to control the cheating and has implemented new rules for the site. Today, you need a Google or Facebook account to register, write, and vote on the site.
  11. The company relays on the computer program to verify IP address, votes and promoting the posts to the paid section of the site. This is unfair to many writers on the site because it doesn’t guarantee that members on the site aren’t cheating.

 

Blogs

Chicken Soup for the Soul Review – Legit or Scam

Chicken Soup for the Soul is a bit different than other writing sites. This site publishes books and uses your short stories to create these books. Here you can submit your short story for consideration in their upcoming publications. The site accepts a variety of stories and poetry to publish in their books.

What is Chicken Soup for the Soul About?

  1. The company publishes stories written in the first person that is filled with drama and emotion. They look for stories that use the five senses that fill the reader with vivid images.
  2. A good story will make the reader feel like they are right there with you. If a story opens the heart, fill your eyes with tears, and gives you hope, this is what the site wants.
  3. If you’ve ever performed an act of love, something courageous, or even a service that helped another person, tell them your story.

Story Guidelines:

  1. Write a story about something funny, heartwarming, or an event in your life. Write the story in the first person, and keep the story about yourself.
  2. Inspire the readers, make them laugh, cry, give them goosebumps or make them say “Wow” after reading it.
  3. Don’t write an introduction or even a conclusion to your story. Start off with an action and draw the reader in as you move forward.
  4. You can use a pen name on your story if you don’t want your real name published.
  5. When writing your story don’t be afraid to speak from the heart. Many writers on the site tell their stories for the first time.
  6. Your story must be 1200 words or less. So tighten the story and keep it flowing.
  7. Don’t write a story in the present tense if it happened in the past.
  8. The story you write has to be true, no creative writing or fiction is allowed.

What Not to Write:

  1. Don’t write a eulogy, sermon or even an essay for the site.
  2. If you help a person write their story, the story will be a credit to the person who told you this story. In the author bio, they can give you credit for helping them write their story.
  3. Stay away from letters, thesis, journal entries and term papers.
  4. Don’t submit papers on controversial issues or politics. Furthermore, they don’t want a testimonial or even a biography.
  5. These are first-person stories that are not written like a journalistic article that would be read in a newspaper.

Poetry Guidelines:

  1. Write a poem that tells a story. The poem must tell your story so the reader can follow. A poem is the same as a prose and can be published in the book.
  2. Don’t write your poem to sound like a greeting card. Poems that are focused on rhyming are not accepted on the site.

How to Submit your Short Story:

  1. You can only submit the story on the website. Use the form that is supplied on the site. Fill in the information, copy and paste your story, and hit the submit button.
  2. Don’t submit a story or poem that has previously been published. There is only one exception to this if the story was published in a small local newspaper with limited circulation or on your own blog.
  3. Don’t forward book manuscripts to the site. They will be discarded and not read. Furthermore, don’t submit title suggestions to the site because they won’t be shown to the editors.

What to Expect After You Submit Your Story:

  1. If the information has been successfully submitted to the company, you’ll receive a message “Thank you! Your information has been received”. This is the only confirmation that the site sends out.
  2. The site doesn’t send out rejection notifications. Furthermore, they can save your submission for consideration and publish it in another upcoming book.
  3. You can always check the on-sale date of the next book or go to the Coming Soon page on the site.
  4. The company can only publish 101 pieces in each book so be patient it could take time for them to accept and publish your story.
  5. Do not contact the site asking about your submission. It takes time to go through all the stories and decide on which one to publish.
  6. If your story is selected for a different edition the company will notify you. They will ask your permission to edit the story or add an inspirational quote at the top of the story.
  7. If your email address changed, contact the site. Let the webmaster know what publication you submitted and which book you submitted it to. They will update your account.

Payment:

  1. If your story is published in the book, one month after publication, you’ll be paid $200.
  2. You’ll receive 10 free copies of the book for yourself.
  3. After publication, you become a member of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family and can buy cases of your book for half price.
  4. Published writer receive a monthly newsletter, advanced notification of new books, a contest they can enter, company merchandise and writing tips.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate company to write for. Not all stories are accepted, but if yours is, you have a great opportunity to write for them again. The company publishes books on personal stories that people tell about their lives. This can be a tragic event, inspirational, mother’s love, or even how you were courageous and helped another person. If you think you can inspire another person with your story, submit it to the company. Who knows, you could be published in their next book.

 

Blogs

Love to Know Review – Legit or Scam

Love to Know is a website that hires computer programmers, graphic designers, product managers, and technical professionals. Furthermore, they hire a freelance writer to write for their site. They need freelance writers to write on a variety of topics and update and merge the topics on their site.

How Does it Work?

  1. If you’re interested in writing for Love to Know, they have an internet application process for you to use.

What Do Freelance Writers Do?

  1. As a freelance writer for the company, you will be given assignments on various topics you can write on.
  2. Based on your credentials you’re assigned a certain topic area to write about.
  3. As a writer, you are only approved to write about and edit content in your approved area. You may be approved to write for more than one topic or area of expertise.
  4. You will work with the editors of the site to ensures your content meets the highest standards for the site.
  5. You will be given writing assignments that could entail revising existing content, creating new content, or verifying content for accuracy.

What Writing Skills Do You Need?

  1. You need impeccable grammar skills, good organization, excellent writing skills, and a logical flow to your article.
  2. They require that you have a minimum of one year experience as a professional writer.
  3. You must be familiar with several different types of website interfaces.
  4. Have excellent written communication skills.
  5. Have a keen eye for detail, excellent organization skills, and efficiency
  6. Home based computer with an internet connection.
  7. Can work at home independently with minimal directions.

Work Hours:

  1. This is a freelance position and has flexible hours.

How Does the Company Pay?

  1. Freelance pay ranges from $25 to $60 depending on the individual article or assignment done.
  2. The company pays you through PayPal.

Conclusions:

This is a legitimate company that hires a freelance writer to work at home. You are given assignments in your field of expertise. These assignments vary depending on what is needed. You could be required to write a new article, merge several articles together, or verify if the content is correct. This is an excellent opportunity to find steady work online and to gain a valuable client to work for. If you have the skill sets needed to apply for this company it is an excellent place to work.

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